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Michelle Dorrance

BIOGRAPHY

Michelle Dorrance is one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation and "one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today." (The New Yorker) Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble while studying dance at The Ballet School of Chapel Hill. Michelle is critically acclaimed as a tap soloist and as a member of STOMP, Savion Glover's "Ti Dii", Manhattan Tap, Jazz Tap Ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Co, Rumba Tap, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap and Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasing the Bird.

Michelle's recent television appearances include “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and Britain’s “Royal Variety Performance". She has appeared in national commercials for Cingular Wireless, MTV and Toyota Taiwan. Her choreography has been featured throughout the world, from jazz clubs in Tokyo to Radio City Music Hall. A former spotlight dancer with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Michelle stays committed to the great tradition of tap dance as a musical performance.

Michelle founded Dorrance Dance in early 2011 and the company’s mission aims to help audiences view tap dance in a new and dynamically compelling context- not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually.

A highly sought-after instructor throughout the world, Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University; plays bass for indie-pop sensation, Darwin Deez and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Princess Grace Award Winner
  • Cover/Feature of Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine
  • Bessie Award Winner
  • Field Dance Fund Recipient
  • Founder/Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance
  • New York City East and North American Touring cast of STOMP
  • Founding member of Savion Glover’s “Ti Dii

FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO”

Classic.

FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM

My old K360s from the 90s and my charcoal grey Capezio K360 Wingtips.

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS

Train on your physical and technical edge – make your dance as passionate and genuine as possible and no one can take that away from you – always stay HUMBLE.

UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW

Both of my parents use their feet professionally. My father is one of the most successful coaches in sports history and coached the US Women’s National Soccer team to win the first ever women’s World Cup (on top of more than 20 national championships at UNC) and my mother was a professional ballet dancer with the National Ballet and Eliot Feld’s first company, American Ballet Company- she also founded the school I grew up dancing in, The Ballet School of Chapel Hill!

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